For a second straight year Clemson’s season ended with an NCAA Regional loss on its home field. The Tigers were fighting out the loser’s bracket when they ran out of gas, or more specifically, out of pitching.
Alex Eubanks got the start on two days rest and gave the Tigers a chance through the first four innings. His only mistake was a 2-run homer to Will Toffey in the third. Eubanks tossed 101 pitches Friday night so he was on a limited workload and when he departed after four innings the wheels came off for the Tigers.
Vanderbilt put the game away in the fifth inning when Monte Lee had to dip into his bullpen to relieve Eubanks. The big blow again came off Toffey’s bat when he blasted a 3-run shot that put the Commodores up 6-0. They tacked another one on in the 7th.
Clemson’s bats were quiet most of the night. The Tigers had just three hits in the 8th inning when they mounted their first major threat of the game. They loaded the bases for Seth Beer with one out, but Beer struck out. Chase Pinder followed with a ground out to third base to end the inning without scratching a run.
Vanderbilt tacked on an unearned run in the top of the 9th to make it 8-0, then the Tigers went down quietly in the 9th to end the game and their season.
Clemson finished the season 42-21.
Check out what Monte Lee, Logan Davidson and Andrew Cox had to say after the game: